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WHAT IS EDITING?

Editing is seeing all your efforts come to life.

 

It  is a really fun process, and is like making a jigsaw puzzle but you get to choose the pieces that fit and with every project you do you will get better and faster at it.   It uses both sides of your brain as it is technical and creative.

It starts with putting the clips you filmed in a nice order and cutting out all the mistakes, it is also adding extra bits like sound effects, narration, music, titles and credits to make your film even better.    Good editing can make a badly written film AMAZING, and also bad editing can make a wonderful story hard to watch. 

When you work in media they call lots of clips RUSHES or RAW FILES, FOOTAGE or MEDIA.    There's loads of different applications to edit with but it's best to get a big screen rather than a phone as it can get fiddly.​

 

1.  Get used to naming or labelling your clips when you start. So if you leave it  and come back much later you can find everything.  

 

2.  Keep all the files you want to use in one place, maybe one folder called the name of your film.  

3.  Stick on the same devices that work easily with each other, for example iPhone to Mac

rather than iPad to PC.  Making it easy and best you can is called planning the WORKFLOW.

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What device are you

editing on? 

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Workflow
IMPORTING CLIPS
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1.  Open a new project NAME it.

2. Import in the MEDIA (all your RUSHES) you should see them in a viewing panel probably a box top left.

3. Make a new project and NAME that too.  This should appear as an empty long back box along the bottom, this is called a TIMELINE.

4.  Select all the clips, with them highlighted drag them into the TIMELINE and drop them.   

5.  Now play the first clip and if its rubbish delete it from the TIMELINE - it will not have deleted the actual clip you can pull it back down if you need to. 

6.  There are lots of ways to make an edit like using a BLADE tool that chops the clip into 2 bits then you delete the one you don't want, or TRIM where if you hover on the start or end you can drag it longer or shorter.

7.  Learn EDIT UNDO very quickly so you can go back a step if you make a mistake.

8.  Have your storyboard and script next to you so you can get everything in the right order.  

9.  Edit pictures first, sound after.

HOW TO EDIT?

EDITING 2 iMOVIE
EDITING 1 iMOVIE
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You can add fades and dissolves between shots but don't overuse them as they SLLLOOOOWWWWW down your action and making it feel time has passed.

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Fantasy

SCIENCE FICTION

Romance

THRILLER

If you click on a film called "The Window" is it going to be action adventure in a high-rise tower, one full of scares or a soppy romance (blurgh.)?

Genre is the word to sum up the type of film you are making and audiences use them to decide whether they will enjoy watching your film.  They won't be happy if they think they are going to watch a lovely heartwarming comedy and you hit them with a horror film .

Think of the films you like, they are made of lots of layers that you dont notice separately.  

The music that leads up to the hero walking in, the rustle of leaves in the jungle before silence in the empty T-Rex enclosure, the way BB8 beeps when he's sad, these bits are all added in the edit to cleverly add to the emotion we feel when we watch a good film.

 

If you pick the wrong style in the edit with comedy music and silly titles, you can turn the film of Shakespeare's MacBeth into Mr Bean, very confusing for the audience.

And once you know the styles of different films you can mix them together but you have to know how far to go..... could you imagine if Harry Potter got any scarier!!!  We wouldn't like that much!!

WESTERN

COMEDY 

ACTION

HORROR 

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CHOOSING MUSIC,Titles CREDITS AND EFFECTS

1.  Titles tell us the name of the film and set the mood, credits tell us at the end who made it!

 

2. Some music you are not allowed to use for your film without getting written permission from the writer and publishing company who bought it.  So use the music link Ollie found or one he composed and kindly lets you use for free!

3..  Make sure when you put on the music that you make it quieter when your actors are speaking.

4.  Effects only use them to help tell the story and make sense in your world.   You still need to explain what's happening .... you can't make a film with Santa firing lasers out of his eyeballs unless you tell us he's a robot alien in the story!  

With the titles added, credits done,  and sound design done ....

YOU ARE READY TO SHOW YOUR MOVIE!!!!

CREDITS & TITLES

Once you have your film ready head over to submit your work page where we can tell you how to export it and upload it ready for our SYDNEY AWARDS

CHOOSING THE MUSIC